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It’s one month to Christmas. Welcome to what I call my looney-with-excitement month.


Here’s a taste of some of the Christmas craziness in my life:


- Last Saturday Mom and I bought (wait for it), 10 kilos of dry fruit. Yes, 10.
We got raisins in all colours, shapes, and sizes which will be mixed with walnuts and other stuff and then baked into some deadly good cakes by Dad.


- I’ve done some preliminary gift scouting and 2 3 5 lists have been made. I always struggle with present ideas for men – dad, brothers, uncles, friends. What do you buy the men in your life? Tell me please!


- Mom and I are discussing Christmas party menus every time we talk. Seriously. Every. Single. Conversation. Let me tell you now, some fantastic ideas have been born. If you’re invited to my home for Christmas, you’re in for a treat.


- I’ve changed my ring tone to Baby it’s cold outside. I ADORE Christmasy music. I asked a friend the other day if it was too early for Christmas music and I was laughed at. It isn’t too early, is it? Come on!


- My Christmas madness is totally understood by some adorable friends of mine. I’m discussing gift options with Abhik and decorations with Varun who has already put up his tree! They’re fabulous btw and totally looney about Christmas like me. You should say hello to them on Twitter!


- I bought some sparkly metallic red and green cupcake wrappers. So pretty and perfect for this season! Festive cupcakes shall be made.


What I’m saying is, this is a wonderful time. The build-up to a time with family and friends and celebration. A time of joy and warmth and sharing.


I wish everyone would get into the spirit already!


I know, I know. You’re tired and grumpy and lazy and it’s cold and you just want to curl up and sleep, but if you have 12 minutes and 3 ingredients, I can show you a shortcut way to feeling wonderful.


Make these Nutella brownie bites.



All you need is flour, eggs, and the food of the Gods: Nutella. Everyone has flour and eggs at home. Oh you have jar of Nutella too? You may be my soulmate.


These little bites are fudgy, full of that rich hazelnut chocolate flavour we all love, and delicious both warm from the oven or at room temperature.



Could there BE a simpler way to eat something yummy and ring in the festivities? (Yeah, I totally said that like Chandler :P)



3-ingredient Nutella brownie bites
Recipe adapted from: Laura’s Sweet Spot


Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Makes: approx. 30 mini bites



Ingredients:


2 eggs
1 jar (350g) Nutella, at room temperature
10 tbsp plain flour


Method:


1. Preheat the oven to 180º C. Line mini cupcake trays with mini cupcake paper cases. I used about 30.
2. Mix the eggs and Nutella together. Then stir in the flour until everything is well combined. The batter is quite thick and sticky. Don’t worry- it’s supposed to be like that. Spoon about 1 heaped teaspoon full into each paper case and bake for 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and eat!



Happy pre-Christmas my lovelies :)

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Question: What do you when you’re craving something buttery and sweet?

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Also, it’s raining like the world is ending outside, and you’re as tired as rat after a long day.

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Oh, and you don’t have any fancy things in the fridge. So no- I can’t eat a bar of 80% cacao organic dark chocolate with a macadamia nut and marzipan filling.
(Does this chocolate exist only in my dreams?)

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Answer: You make shortbread!!

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I was seriously in shock when I looked at this recipe.

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3 ingredients.
Flour. Butter. Sugar.

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How simple. How perfect.

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Why did I expect anything different from the goddess of comfort baking?

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This shortbread takes less than five minutes to prepare. Add to that the 10 minutes or so in the oven, and you’re set.

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They can be made to look elegant of course, but I was in a hurry.

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Fresh from the oven, you don’t even have to bite into them. They melt in your mouth. And you’re left with the most dreamy, wonderful, comforting aftertaste, of butter and a delicate sweetness.

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Shortbread bits

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Adapted from: (Nigella’s Easy Shortbread)

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Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10-15 mins
Makes: about 20 medium sized bits

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Ingredients:

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150g plain flour, unsifted
110g butter (salted is fine), melted and cooled
50g icing sugar, plus a little bit for dusting

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Method:

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1. Preheat the oven to 160º C.
2. Mix the butter and sugar together, till there are no lumps. Add the flour a little at time. Mix with your hands and knead gently. Form into a smooth ball.
3. Roll out to about 1/2cm thickness and cut out shapes with cutters, or just slice the dough (if you’re like me) into strips of different sizes.
4. Bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 10-15 mins. Remove from the oven and dust lightly with icing sugar. Let it cool slightly before you eat :)

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